“Aftermath”- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

When the summer fields are mown,
When the birds are fledged and flown,
     And the dry leaves strew the path;
With the falling of the snow,
With the cawing of the crow,
Once again the fields we mow
     And gather in the aftermath.

Not the sweet, new grass with flowers
Is this harvesting of ours;
     Not the upland clover bloom;
But the rowen mixed with weeds,
Tangled tufts from marsh and meads,
Where the poppy drops its seeds
     In the silence and the gloom.

Banks of the Loing- Autumn Effect, Alfred Sisley, 1881

Among the founding fathers of impressionism, Alfred Sisley has been the most persistent one. He never felt the need to explore new styles or techniques and remained dedicated to outdoor landscape painting during his whole life. 

Sisley was born on October 30, 1839.

Alfred Sisley, Le Loing à Moret, 1883. Oil on canvas, 51 x 65.5 cm. Private collectionPrivate